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UPDATED Jan 2017

Ex Beatle Chas Newby now playing bass with Quarrymen:

Hottest news of the moment is that the Quarrymen have now been joined on bass by Chas Newby.  When the Beatles came back from Hamburg at the end of 1960 they left Stuart Sutcliffe in Germany with his new girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, so that when the next gigs came their way they were without a bass player. Chas was a school friend of Pete Best and he was quickly recruited into the band and played with them on four occasions before he went back to university. The most famous of these was at Litherland Town Hall on December 27, when the sound that the Beatles had forged in their long hours on stage in Hamburg absolutely blasted the crowd and kicked off Beatlemania.

Chas plays a left handed-Hofner bass, rather like you-know-who, and his musical ability and his gentle sense of humour will prove a great addition to the Quarrymen’s lineup in 2016.

Quarrymen Gig list for 2016:

Was Sat 17 December 2016:
This gig now moved to Sat 4 March 2017


In 2012 The Quarrymen played at The Thunderbolt in Bristol and were filmed for the tv programme “Rock ‘n Roll Britannia” which has since been shown many times to great acclaim. In Dec 2016 the guys are making a return visit to this famous Bristol music venue on Sat 17 December. With Len, Colin, Duff and Rod will of course be “new” recruit Chas Newby on bass.

The full bill lineup will be announced shortly - so watch this space!

More info from The Thunderbolt’s website at:

Tickets are available from Bristol Ticket Shop - tel: 0117 9299008 or

Gigs played in 2016::

Sat 27 August: Beatle weekend Liverpool:

On Sat 27 August as part of the 2016 Beatle Week the Quarrymen opened the show at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, following on from their successful performance in 2015. This year’s show was entitled “The Early Years Concert (1957 - 1964). Starting with the Quarrymen, the show moved on to the Hamburg years followed by a huge Merseybeat era set with Mike Pender, Billy Kinsley, Terry Sylvester, Ray Ennis and Karl Terry! What a night that was!

On the Sunday morning The Quarrymen - plus their old manager Nige Walley wwere interviewed by Whispering Bob Harris in front of a large audience in The Adelphi.

July: 1/2/3 Barcelona Beatles Weekend - Len Garry:

Over the weekend of 1/2/3 July Quarryman Len Garry appeared at the Barcelona Beatles weekend with our Finnish guitarist friend Chrisse Usenius.

April: Sat 23 Alcester (near Stratford on Avon)

On Sat 23 April the Quarrymen - Len, Colin, Duff, Rod and Chas - played in Alcester near Stratford on Avon for a “Beatles Night” concert at the Alcester Members Club, as well as their set, composed of skiffle and rock ’n’ roll numbers from the fifties, there was also a Meet & Greet with the opportunity to ask questions. The evening was rounded off by a Beatles set from “The Help Band”!

The Quarrymen with the guys from The Help Band and promoter Scott Lewis after their gig at Alcester.

Hunter Davies’ 80th birthday party::

On Jan 7 at the Groucho Club in London’s Soho the author and journalist Hunter Davies, famous amongst Beatle fans for his biographies of both the Beatles and the Quarrymen (and very many more besides) held his 80th birthday party with family and friends. Hunter invited the Quarrymen to come and help him celebrate and Colin, Rod and bassist Chas Newby were able to make it down to London and delighted the assembled guests with their mixture of skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll. The guys have played for Hunter several times previously and it’s always a fun gig. We hope you had a Happy Birthday, Hunter. It certainly looked that way from where we were standing!